Style And Influences:
Andy has been influenced by many musicians and guitarists over the years. However, his main influences have always been David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Steve Rothery (Marillion), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Steve Howe (Yes), The Beatles, The Beach Boys as well as more contemporary bands like Joy Division, The Chameleons, The Psychedelic Furs to name but 3.
Andy’s style of playing is firmly Blues based with a “Less Is More” attitude, he’s not a “shredder”, as he says “My fingers just don’t move that fast”. However he has embraced the use of effects to enhance his sound and uses delay, chorus etc to great effect.
Andy has played many styles over the years, everything from Ceilidh, Folk to Punk and everything inbetween.
1984 – 1986 Harlequin Fools
Harlequin Fools were an original Indie/Alternative band in the same vain as Echo And The Bunnymen. Played extensively in and around Romford mostly at the Rezz and The Square in Harlow.
1988 – 1992 English Miracle
English Miracle were an original Prog/Alternative rock band producing music that drew influences from Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Marillion, Genesis. They played only original material and played in and around London, mostly at venues such as The Rock garden and The Square. Although they didn’t actually break up there were personnel changes and they became……
1992 – 1996 Incubus
Named after the Marillion song of the same name, Incubus started off playing more Progressive music more akin to Marillion and Pink Floyd. However, after 2 years the band decided to concentrate on performing more covers and eventually became a highly respected Pink Floyd tribute band.
The band played all the ususal haunts like the Cauliflower in Ilford, The Parkside in Romford and also performed to sell out audiences at the Thameside Theatre in Grays. At this time the band had ballooned to an 11 piece and were performing full Pink Floyd sets including complete performances of Darkside Of The Moon. During this period Andy was the principal guitarist.
2000 – 2005 Bad Habits
Bad Habits were a rock covers band based in Braintree, Essex. They covered music from many artists including Cheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, Dandy Warhols, Bryan Adams. The vocal duties were split fairly equally with Andy handling the lead on about 1/4 of the material most notably Bowie and The Kinks.
Andy left in 2005 to follow other avenues and to persue more dep and session work.
Session and Dep Work:
Andy has worked for many clients over the years and has depped for many bands including the likes of Expose and Charlies Aunt both Romford based covers bands. Andy has extensive recording experience and has recorded in studios both locally in and around east London and in London itself.
Andy studied guitar at the Musicians Institute, Wapping, London. He was tutored by Ed Speight (Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Mike Oldfield)
Andy is a fully paid up member of the Musicians Union, and carries public liability insurance.